Pistons forward Jason Maxiell won't enter free agency this summer, choosing to opt-in for the final year of his contract.

Maxiell, 29, is coming off his most consistent season in years and will earn $5 million next season. Pistons coach Lawrence Frank leaned on Maxiell, placing him in the starting lineup alongside Greg Monroe when the team got off to a rocky start. Maxiell helped solidify things. He averaged nearly eight points and six rebounds after the All-Star break, when the Pistons finished a respectable 21-21.Maxiell gave some thought to testing the free agent market, especially with the Pistons looking to add another young player to play next to Monroe, which could take away the forward's playing time in the 2012-13 season. Forgoing the $5 million in the effort to pursue a long-term deal wasn't worth the risk, though and he'll return for his eighth season in Detroit.